Networks1st Update: Friday 30th November 2012

Ready for Business (RfB) website has been rebuilt and the RfB Partners are delighted to launch the new site – see, . The website holds information on the ‘Developing Markets’ contract which the RfB led consortium is currently delivering. Social enterprises can sign up to the ‘register’ which is a national list of social enterprises. It has been designed to provide a searchable single point of enquiry for public sector commissioners, private sector businesses and third sector organisations seeking social enterprise partners. The register provides contact details for each social enterprise, a summary of their services and the areas in which they operate. See,

SE and Health Co-ordinator post: Senscot is now seeking a dedicated member of staff to co-ordinate the activities of the Health SEN and Roundtable. Closing date for applications is Monday 10th Dec. To apply, see

This week, Senscot attended an External Stakeholder meeting on EU Funding 2014-2020 in Glasgow. Scottish Govt presented a draft Partnership Agreement for Scotland. Further stakeholder meetings are also being held in Perth and Inverness. The draft Partnership Agreement specifically mentions social enterprise and community-led local development. We’ll have a more info’ next week.

Aberdeen SEN hosted a Business Breakfast this week at Transition Extreme.  Attended by both Aberdeen city and shire members, the event was an opportunity to discuss their new Action Plan, created by the ASEN management group, with members.  The event went well with more ides being contributed as well as more interest in becoming new committee members.  ACVO also attended the event and is keen to provide resources where possible to help the SEN achieve its aims. For more info’, contact

GSEN has appointed a Network Manager, Elizabeth McKenna. Elizabeth takes up post on Monday 3rd Dec and will spend the coming weeks getting out and about meeting members. GSEN is the 7th SEN to recruit a member of staff to co-ordinate activity for the members.

Many SEN members who are also registered charities have raised the issue of charitable activities and guidelines on trading. Senscot Legal has helpfully prepared a fact sheet on charities and trading. See, 
If you’d like to know more, contact Karina MacRitchie at

Firstport, this week, launched their new iCan initiative which is being piloted in West Dunbartonshire. iCan will offer 16-24 year olds a mix of workshop training and practical experience with successful social enterprises. The programme will run three times over the next twelve months across Scotland – with input from a number of established social enterprises including Impacts Arts, Spruce Carpets and Social Bite – with the first running from 26th Nov – 13th Dec. See,

Reminder: Early bird places (£50) for the SE Exchange still available – but not for long. The event will be taking place in March 2013, once again, at the SECC in Glasgow. If you’re keen to go and want to get the best price – see,

Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) has revamped its website. Have a look here,


EVENT: The Social Enterprise Academy and Glasgow Caley are hosting a debate next Thursday (6th Dec) on the topic – ‘Social Enterprise – an academic discussion or changing the way we do business’. Speakers include Alistair Grimes (Rocket Science); Jim Mullan (KibbleWorks); and Ewan Foreman (1Let ltd). If you’re interested in going along, you’ll also get the chance to hear more about the MSc in Social Enterprise run jointly by the Academy and Glasgow Caley. See details,  

RE-UNION XMAS: Cruise on the Canal and meet Santa in December with Re-Union.  Trips from Edinburgh Quay to Harrison Park and back.  Santa will come on board and deliver a gift to every child.  Adults will be provided with a festive drink and mincemeat pies. Cost is £7.50 per person, for more information on dates and sailings see 

CHRISTMAS TREES: Have an ethical Christmas with Impact Arts and Caring Christmas Trees and help support a vulnerable young person this Christmas.  Proceeds fund Impact Arts’ work with young people across Scotland.  Purchase a freshly cut, sustainably grown tree from

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Exciting new role at Glasgow Wood Recycling for a Sales and Marketing Officer.  For job description and application details see, 

Grassmarket Community Project is also recruiting. They are looking for a Business Manager, Permanent and Edinburgh based.  Great Opportunity.  For more info’, see

CEILIDH AND SUPPER: The Sunlite café are holding a Ceilidh and supper with the Riverside ceilidh band at Bannockburn Miners welfare from 7:30 till midnight on the 12th of January, tickets cost £6.50 are available from the Sunlite café (Cowane Centre Stirling) or by telephoning 01786 475459 / 07718915798.  See more,

Case Study: Caring Christmas Trees

Download full case study here

Dates for the Diary

DGSEN, 3rd December
Falkirk SEN, 3rd December
North Ayrshire SEN, 4th December
Start Up SEN, 6th December
Edinburgh SEN AGM, 10th December
Glasgow SEN, 19th December



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